Friends of the State Library of South Australia have a passion for books, documents and other items of cultural significance to the people of South Australia.
From all walks of life, the Friends have supported the State Library of South Australia (SLSA) with a tradition of cultural philanthropy for over eight decades, to enrich and promote its collections and treasures for scholarly and public interest.
...... the Friends began work in 1932
Our Australiana Publications sub-committee regularly issue very popular limited edition publications with a focus on Australia's exploration history.
We run various events and programs of interest to a wide South Australian audience, including the monthly Wednesdays@One.
The Friends of the State Library of South Australia is the oldest library Friends group in Australia and arguably the most active, with links to many other well established Friends of libraries around the world.
To visit the Friends in person, come to our home in the Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue in the city, any time between 11 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday. The Institute is a beautiful heritage building on Adelaide's cultural boulevard. It is part of the State Library and close to cafes and shops. Members may relax, read, make tea or coffee, buy a Friends’ card or an Australiana publication, or just take a break from a busy day.
A volunteer Committee elected from the membership meets regularly and runs various sub-committees which plan events and produce the famed Australiana series of publications, with the help of our part-time Executive Officer.
Details of all activities are listed on our website and in regular mail-outs to members.
Many Friends decide to volunteer some of their time and skills to assisting in the running of Friends’ activities. This can range from general assistance in the Office, packaging book orders, setting up for our many events and arranging activities and visits.
The Friends of the State Library began in 1932 during the Great Depression. At that time there were insufficient government funds to purchase even basic requirements. The Friends came to the Library’s aid and have continued to support the Library’s work and promote its interests ever since.
This has meant funding the acquisition of large numbers of rare and fine books, unique manuscripts, children’s games and art works to strengthen the many special collections which the State Library holds.
Join the Friends, enjoy congenial company and support a great institution.